Denny McAkins, the editor of McAkins Online and a recent addition to our site as a contributor, has been tracking app counts in the Windows Store since it went RTM in Windows 8.  App developers have been able to add apps to the Windows Store on the upcoming OS since 15 August 2012.

On 17 August 2012, just two days after Windows 8 RTM was made available to developers and IT Professionals, the Windows Store had an app count of 500 total.

Today, just over three weeks later that app count has risen to 1,080.

Denny breaks down the categories, localization and the growth of apps in those areas at his website at which he updates each weekend with the latest store counts.

He and I had a discussion the other day and the big question is whether or not the Windows Store will be beyond the 3,000 app level when the new OS is available to the general public on 26 October 2012.

Personally I think it will be well beyond 3,000 apps at that point.

What do you think based on nearly 600 additions in three weeks?  Will the submission process slow down or will we see it speed up as GA approaches? 

Let us know down below in the comments.